Trenton Mayor Tony “Honey Fitz” Mack currently is in federal custody after authorities say he solicited bribes in exchange for a city-funded contract to build a parking garage. Also arrested this morning was Mack’s sex-offender buddy Joseph Giorgianni, who “ate his way out of jail” after getting convicted of perving out on a 14-year-old girl (more on that below).
According to court documents obtained by the Voice, the feds have been investigating Mack since September 2010, when they say he, Giorgianni and several others — including Mack’s brother, Ralphiel — accepted bribes for the parking garage contract.
The alleged extortionists accepted $54,000 and expected to receive
another $65,000 from a cooperating witness who claimed to be a developer
who wanted to win the contract by paying off the mayor. According to
the criminal complaint — which reads like a script for The Sopranos —
Giorgianni made all the arrangements.
“I like to do it the Boss Tweed way,” Giorgianni told the developer in a
meeting recorded by federal authorities. “You know Boss Tweed ran
He went on to say “I can be bought,” and “I like money so much, I hate the poor.”
Giorgianni explained his arrangement with Mayor Mack as follows: “this
is Tony Mack’s theory and it’s a smart one…he uses guys like us (older
individuals) [who are] not going out like punks — we’re going out like
troopers…what could they do…they can’t hurt you with jail no more.”
Giorgianni went to prison in the 1980s for “carnally abusing and
debauching the morals” of a 14-year-old girl in the back of a sandwich
shop he owns in Trenton. He became somewhat infamous because health
problems — stemming from his weighing more than 500 pounds — led to
his early release from prison, which led a prosecutor to charge that he
“ate his way out of jail.”
Mack and his cronies have been charged with conspiring to obstruct,
delay and affect interstate commerce by extortion under color of
We’re thumbing through the 31-page indictment now — check back for updates.